7th March 2003

The Turnabout Intruder

Locos Used 2555 & 5174
Stock Used 42392+42407

Route :

Loco(s) Route
2555 (1) Bruxelles Midi - Bruxelles Nord - Y Zennebrug - Brussel Ouest - Y Cureghem - Forest Est - Linkebeek - Brain l'Alleud
5174 (2) Brain l'Alleud - Linkebeek - Saint-Job - Delta - Y Harenheide - Y Diagem Oost - Zaventem - Bruxelles Nationaal Luchthhaven
2555 (1) Bruxelles Nationaal Luchthhaven - Zaventem - Y Diagem Oost - Y Keelbeek Zuid - Y Keelbeek Nord - Schaarbeek Form. - Schaarbeek (3) - Bruxelles Nord - Bruxelles Midi

Notes :
(1) 5174 on rear.
(2) 2555 on rear.
(3) not platformed (despite being a booked photostop at the station).


Tour Review
(by Ian Monkton)

It was quite a surprise to return to Bruxelles Midi after a morning’s line bashing at 1145 to see our train on the screens for 1230, and then only 10 minutes later for it to arrive from the north. After a unit had departed from the adjacent track, there was time for photos of 2555, now leading, and 5174 now at the back, and for participants to choose their seats.

We actually left 13 minutes late after waiting for passengers to arrive on a late-running Eurostar. Progress through the tunnels to Nord was slow, as was travel round the curves to line 28, but once on this line, speed picked up and it was noted that the closed stations on this route still have their platform signs intact and graffiti-free! We slowed for Y Curegem before carefully crossing the flyover at Forest while a Thalys went underneath.

Joining line 124, speed picked up again for a fast run to Braine l’Alleud where we arrived on time for a reversal and photo stop. We left more or less on time, now with 5174 in charge, to Y Linkebeek where we turned off. After a brief pathing stop we joined line 26. Further pathing stops at Y Watermael and Y Diegem Oost kept us on time before joining line 36 where engineering work is being carried out in connection with the new high-speed line.

Then it was the rare diesel-hauled traversal of the line into the airport – possibly the highlight of the tour – where we arrived with over 20 minutes to take photos, although it was rather dark for those of us without tripods! However, the task was made a little easier after the headlights of 2555 were extinguished.

We returned via Zaventem and Y Keelbeek, and past Schaarbeek yards before a photo stop at Schaarbeek station – or not in this case as we stopped on a through road. After a few phone calls, we left early for an early return to Midi station, having scored 2 new engines and a useful number of curves around Bruxelles.

Ian Monkton


Route, Distances and Timing's (Booked & Actual)
(by Gary Thornton)

Train Reporting Codes :
Z18096 :
Bruxelles Midi - Braine l' Alleud
Z18097 :
Braine l' Alleud - Bruxelles Nat. Luchthaven
Z18098 :
Bruxelles Nat. Luchthaven - Bruxelles Midi

KM Location Booked Actual
0.00 Bruxelles Midi 12.30d 12.44
3.80 Bruxelles Nord 12/37 12/52
5.50 Y Zennebrug 12/39 12/55
6.00 Y Laeken 12/40 12/57
6.90 Y Pannenhuis 12/42 12.59a ~ 12.59d
10.60 Bruxelles Ouest 12/48 13/04
12.50 Y Cureghem 12/52 13/06
13.20 Y Forest Est 12*53a ~ 12*58d 13/09
17.60 Y Linkebeek 13/06 13/13
21.40 St Genesuis Rode 13/12 13/21
28.95
0.00
Braine l'Alleud 13.25a ~ 13.31d 13.25 ~ 13.34
7.55 St Genesuis Rode 13/37 13/39
11.35 Y Linkebeek 13/41 13/42
12.85 Y Linkebeek Halle 13/43a ~ 13*48d 13.45 ~ 13.48
18.20 Y Boondaal 13/56 13/56
18.70 Y Watermael 13/57 13.57 ~ 14.02
18.90 Y Etterbeek 13*58a ~ 13*59d 14/03
27.70 Y Harenheide 14/14 14/14
28.55 Y Diegem Oost 14*16a ~ 14*21d 14.16 ~ 14.19
31.70 Y Zaventem 14/29 (14/24)
33.90
0.00
Brussel Nat. Luchth. 14.33a ~ 14.50d 14.30 ~ 14.51
2.20 Y Zaventem 14/54 (14/54)
5.35 Y Diegem Oost 15/00 15/01
6.25 Y Keelbeek Zuid 15*02a ~ 15*03d 15/03
6.30 Y Keelbeek Nord 15/04 15/04
??.?? Schaarbeek Bl 2E 15/06 (15/06)
7.70 Schaarbeek Form. 15/12 (15/10)
9.50 Schaerbeek 15p18a ~ 15p35d 15.13 ~ 15.19
11.80 Bruxelles Nord 15/39 15/24
15.60 Bruxelles Midi 15.46a 15.30

All distances as given in the tour itinerary.
No attempt has been made to verify the distances given.

Key;
a : arrival time
d : departure time
p : photo stop
/ : passing time
* : Pathing stop
A time in brackets is approximate.


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